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Area boys basketball: Strong start carries Kimball/White Lake over Freeman

The Wildkats and Flyers played Monday night in Mitchell

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Kimball/White Lake guard Ryder Michalek attempts a layup in front of Freeman guard Ethan Balvin during a boys basketball contest on Dec. 13, 2021, at the Corn Palace. (Landon Dierks / Republic)
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Kimball/White Lake started each half strong, scoring 31 combined points in the first and third quarters on the way to a 51-36 win over Freeman on Monday night at the Corn Palace.

Monday marked the Wildkats' first contest of the season, while the Flyers came in having dropped their opener to Viborg-Hurley on Dec. 10.

KWL pulled ahead 23-16 by halftime, and though the Flyers managed 14 third-quarter points of their own, the Wildkats never surrendered the lead. KWL closed the game by outscoring Freeman 12-6 in the final eight minutes.

Kimball/White Lake (1-0): Three Wildkats — Dawson Miller (15 points), Porter Miller (12), Jaxon Christensen (10) — reached double figures in scoring, and Jaxon Pursell chipped in nine points. Christensen added a game-high 12 rebounds for a double-double, with Pursell and Porter Miller grabbing 11 and eight rebounds, respectively. Dawson Miller swiped six steals for the Wildcats, who host Mitchell Christian on Dec. 16.

Freeman (0-2): Blake Rumelhart scored a game-high 19 points to go with eight rebounds. Ethan Balvin contributed six points, and Bradey Kaufman pulled down five rebounds for the Flyers, who are on the road for a matchup with Canistota on Dec. 16.

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